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Yoga Mat for Your Mouth

Yoga is union. Mindful eating is also yoga -- in the sense that eating unites your body and mind's intention through a moment of eating presence. Create an eating mindfulness placemat that you could carry with you like a yoga mat, from table to table, from setting to setting, whether you are eating in or eating out, as a kind of portable eating mindfulness space of your own.

Sketch out a placemat that includes a...
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Slow Emotional Eating

Slow eating is when you try to eat slowly. Slow eating is a form of mindful eating. It is relaxing, it is self-soothing, it is self-indulgent. You take your time. You put the utensils down in between the bites. You look around and sip wine as you go. You enjoy a good view and good company.

Slow Emotional Eating (SEE), to coin a term, is when you make a conscious choice to eat to cope...
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Beyond Eating, Beyond Money

Dostoyevsky once described money as "coined liberty" (1915, 16). Indeed, money is independence. But what is money?

All money is reducible to one and the same currency: energy. That's what flows through us, what moves us, and what motivates us. Money energizes because money is energy. The American greenback is a symbolic leaf of life: It starts out as a banknote of photosynthesis and is metabolized time and again through the samsaric mill of metabolic reincarnations until it...
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Sublimating the Binge Eating, Self-Restricting Roller Coaster




[adapted from Mindful Emotional Eating (Somov, 2014)]

Differentiating a binge from emotional eating or emotional overeating is both hard and simple. Hard if you go a quantitative route, if you count calories. Easy if you go a qualitative route, if you factor in the emotional mandate of these two types of eating. I’ll take the easy path here. The subjective goal of emotional eating is to feel better. The...
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It’s Time We “Legalize” Emotional Eating




Mindful Emotional Eating (MEE) has been nearly a taboo both in self- help and clinical literature on emotional eating. I first wrote about mindful emotional eating in Eating the Moment in 2008 and have had a chance to pilot this material clinically in my practice and through a series of workshops for mental health professionals.

My experience reveals that while the idea of mindful emotional eating makes a lot of...
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Mindful Emotional Eating

Here are some early reviews of my new book on Mindful Emotional Eating.
"Don t be fooled by the seeming contradiction in the title of Mindful Emotional Eating. The book makes the case to troubled eaters and their treaters that if we re going to turn to food when we re stressed or distressed, we best do it not with guilt, shame, self-hatred, or detachment from our bodies and their cravings, but with...
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Info-Processing View of Eating

We tend to think of metabolism in purely physiological terms. I invite you to think of metabolism in a broader sense, as information processing. Take the act of eating, for example. We can think of eating in purely physiological, metabolic or we can think of eating as an informational process in which an act of tasting is an act of knowing. I describe this info-experiential view of eating in Reinventing the Meal.

Here's a similar...
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Eating Sun

"What is the future of eating?" is the question that I tried to answer in "Reinventing the Meal" (2012)

Transhuman Fermentation

Still a cultural underground, transhumanism is a gradual churning of techno-genetic possibilities. As a social movement, transhumanism is still in the stages of fermentation. From the evolutionary standpoint, transhumanism is an attempt at self-guided evolution, a project of customizing the body to meet the needs of the mind.

But what does the mind fundamentally need from the body? Faster information processing would be nice. An...
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Mindful Emotional Eating – a Humanistic Harm Reduction Approach

Here’s a question that’s a lot on my clinical mind: “What do clients want and how do I help them get what they want?” This very question is at the core of humanistic harm reduction (HHR).

When my client presents with concerns about “emotional eating,” I ask myself the same question. When you, as a clinician, get in the habit of asking yourself this question, the answer becomes rather self-evident. What emotional eating clients want...
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Mindful Eating: Open Your Mind Before You Open Your Mouth

Mindful Emotional Eating

I have another book coming out later this fall - on mindful emotional eating (not on emotional eating or on mindful eating, but on how to make emotional eating mindful).  Here's a foreword for this book from Linda Craighead, the author of Appetite Awareness Training who championed the idea of effective emotional eating.  If you are a clinician and are interested in writing a review/blurb for the book, please, contact me through my book...
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